Rio Olympics Day Nine: Whitlock bags two in five golds for Team GB, Bolt storms to 100m gold

There was a gold rush for Team GB on day nine of the Rio Olympics with gymnast Max Whitlock responsible for two of them, while Jamaica’s Usain Bolt stormed to another 100m gold medal.

Medal Winners

Great Britain won five golds on day nine and it all started with Max Whitlock who became Great Britain’s first ever Floor champion in Gymnastics, as he scored a total 15.633. Brazilian pair Diego Hyplito and Arthur Marriano won silver and bronze respectively.

Just over an hour after that victory, Whitlock won his second gold of the day with victory in the Men’s Pommel Horse. He scored 15.999 to beat Team GB teammate Louis Smith to the gold medal as he scored 15.833 to take silver. Alexander Naddour of USA won the bronze medal.

Max Whitlock won gold on the floor and pommelhorse image: nbcolympics.com

Max Whitlock won gold on the floor and pommel horse
image: nbcolympics.com

It was a third gold medal of the games for Simone Biles as he scored 15.999 to become the first American to win gold on the Women’s Vault. Maria Raseka of Russia won silver with a score of 15.253 and bronze went to Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland on 15.216.

Aliya Mustafina bettered fellow Russian Paseka’s silver in the vault to win gold on the Uneven Bars as a score of 15.900 saw the 21-year-old take the title. Madison Kocian of USA scored 15.833 to win silver, while Germany’s Sophie Scheder won bronze with 15.566.

Team GB were guaranteed gold in the Men’s Sprint in Cycling as Callum Skinner went head-to-head with Jason Kenny and it was Kenny who won grabbed his fifth Olympic gold medal. Russia’s Denis Dmitriev beat Aussie Matthew Glaetzer in the bronze medal race.

The gold medals kept on coming for the 2012 hosts with Justin Rose winning the first Golf gold medal in 112 years as he carded a final round 67 to finish 16 under par, two shots clear of silver medallist Hendrik Stenson of Sweden. Matt Kuchar of USA finished on 13 under to win bronze.

In Tennis, Andy Murray had to dig deep to retain his Olympic gold medal in the Men’s singles final as he beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5.  Japan’s Kei Nishikori defeated Rafa Nadal of Spain 6-2 6-7 (1/7) 6-3 to win the bronze medal.

It was gold for Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the Women’s Tennis Doubles final as they defeated Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-4 6-4.

Lucie Safarova and Barbora Styycova defeated Czech compatriots Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova to win the bronze medal, the first medal of the games for the Czechs.

Bethanie Mattek Sands and Jack Sock won gold for USA in the Mixed Doubles with a 6-7 (3-7) 6-1 10-7 win over compatriots Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram. Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek beat India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna 6-1 7-5 to win the bronze medal.

It was another gold medal for China in Diving as Shi Tingmao won the Women’s 3m springboard with a total score of 406.05. Compatriot He Zi scored 387.90 to win silver and bronze went to Italy’s Tania Cagnotto, who finished on 372.80.

It was also gold for China in the Women’s +75kg Weightlifting, as Meng Suping lifted a total of 307kg to win the gold. Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea won silver on 306kg with Sara Robles of the US taking home bronze with a lift of 286kg.

In Athletics, there was no mistake from Usain Bolt as the Jamaican superstar stormed to a third 100m Olympic gold medal with a time 9.81 seconds. USA rival Justin Gatlin won silver on 0.08 seconds behind Bolt with Canada’s Andre de Grasse winning bronze in 9:91.

Usain Bolt won a third successive 100m Olympic gold image: twitter.com

Usain Bolt won a third successive 100m Olympic gold
image: twitter.com

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk won gold in the 400m as he broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record by finishing in 43.03 seconds, breaking the record by 0.15. Grenada’s Kirani James finished 0.73 behind to win silver and bronze went to USA’s LaShawn Merritt.

Caterine Ibarguen won Colombia’s second gold medal of the games with victory in the Women’s Triple Jump. The 32-year-old jumped 15.17m to take gold with Venezuela’s Yulimar Rochas winning silver with a jump of 14.88m Kazakh Olga Rypakova won bronze with 14.74m.

Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong won the gold medal in the Women’s Marathon in a time of two hours 24 minutes and four seconds. Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa took silver 0.09 seconds behind Sumgong with Genzebe Dibaba on Ethiopia winning bronze 0.26 seconds off the lead.

To the Boxing ring and Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbeksitan won gold in the Men’s Light-fly 49kg division with victory over Colombian Yurbergen Martinez in the final. The bronze medals went to USA’s Nico Hernandez and Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba.

In Shooting, Italy’s Niccolo Campriani won his second gold medal of the games with victory in the Men’s 50m rifle three positions with a score of 458.8. Sergey Kamenskiy of Russia won silver with 458.5 and bronze went to Frenchman Alexis Raynaud on 448.4.

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